Bug 6008 - screen is completely unusable
Summary: screen is completely unusable
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: screen
Version: 6.1
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bill Nottingham
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Reported: 1999-10-16 23:19 UTC by chauvin
Modified: 2014-03-17 02:10 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-11-01 18:52:08 UTC

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Description chauvin 1999-10-16 23:19:18 UTC
screen is _completely unusable_ under rh6.1.

for example, try the following:

% screen

% screen -ls

no screens are seen even though the sockets appear to have
been created.  what's worse is that the screen session
itself goes into an inifinite loop at this point.

workaround:  the version shipped with rh 6.0 works well.

question:  the new version puts the screen sockets in the
home directory (which can be NFS mounted for many users).
why the change from the previous versions in which
/tmp/screens was used for this purpose?

Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 1999-10-17 04:06:59 UTC
Hmm... can't reproduce this here. The sequence you mention
correctly shows one detached screen socket.

Do you have /dev/pts mounted?

As for the moving the screen sockets into the home directory,
it's to avoid security issues with having them in /tmp.

Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 1999-10-18 13:26:59 UTC
According to the kernel folks, NFSv2 doesn't specify named
pipes, so the behavior is undefined. NFSv3 does. So that
would be the problem.

Comment 3 Bill Nottingham 1999-10-29 20:33:59 UTC
In this case, I think the only thing we can suggest is to
build screen to not use home directories for cases like this.

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